WLKY–LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in downtown Louisville Thursday night outside Metro Hall, calling for justice in the Breonna Taylor case. It started out peaceful around 6 p.m., but when night fell, tear gas and gun shots filled the air.
After more than six hours of protests, police confirm at least seven people were shot, with one of them in critical condition. Police also confirm that some arrests have been made, but they are not able to release exactly how many.
The protest erupted just hours after Mayor Greg Fischer held a town hall discussion about the case and community relations with police.
LMPD officers could be seen fighting off protesters. Police did release smoke bombs and tear gas that were fired into the crowd.Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted a video with a message from Breonna Taylor’s family urging protestors to be peaceful, go home and keep fighting for truth.
Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers back in March when they executed a search warrant at her apartment.
Earlier Thursday afternoon, a 911 call was made by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, the night she died was released.
An attorney for Taylor’s family released the audio. Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine said Walker made the call after officers retreated following the gunfire.
Walker was initially charged with attempted murder of a police officer after the raid. That charge was dropped last Friday after the prosecutors said they needed more evidence.
The FBI and Kentucky Attorney General are now investigating the officers’ actions. The officers involved are Sgt. Jon Mattingly, who was shot in the leg during the incident, and Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison.
Some protesters WLKY spoke with Thursday said they want to see those officers arrested.
Since the shooting, they have been on administrative reassignment.